Trev Neal’s forgotten album

March 12, 2009

A few years back Trev tried to make it in the music business. He did his best to reinvent himself as some kind of Merle Haggard/ Waylon Jennings type outlaw. He adopted the Bakersfield sound and wrote a number of songs in the style of Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Merle and Waylon. Unfortunately there’s not much call for that kind of music in Kent. He got a few gigs here and there, mainly at Big Truck shows in East Anglia. However, when the crowd realised he was only going to sings about trains, and not trucks, they’d quite often turn nasty, throwing cheese at him and the odd pennant. I suggested that Trev should consider diversifying; just a bit, maybe singing about transport in general. But you need to be careful with Trev. My suggestion was met with a cold stare, and not long after that he penned the so far un-recorded track (no pun intended) “Simon’s scared of Trains”

He made one album; Trev Neal Sings the Songs of the Railroad. He sold a few copies through specialist train/record shops. But really, just a few. About three. He doesn’t like to talk about it much these days. I just hope he doesn’t mind me writing about it and putting up the cover art.

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Not just leather coats

March 12, 2009

Recent readers may worry that the two of us are a little leather obsessed. We don’t wear leather all the time. Sometimes we try and be much more exotic. Happy Christmas!

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Whigfield tells it like it is

March 12, 2009

whigfield1Do you remember Whigfield? I do. Also known as Sannie Charlotte Carlson, Whigfield had a huge hit in the 90’s with Saturday Night. What a great opening line; Dee Dee Na Na Na!

Now of course she came and performed the song on Live and Kicking! She was Number One in the charts, and also she would have had no choice. In the 90’s pop singers were treated like performing monkeys by their sinister svengali masters, the record pluggers. But sometimes they found their own way of rebelling. Whigfield rebelled on two fronts. Firstly, she refused to do the Saturday Night dance. This involved (and I quote from Wikipedia here) “the unusual feature of looping a pattern of five bar-long steps over an ordinary four-bar cycle of music.” I mean, I thought it was that, but, you know, it’s best to get these things right. And she wouldn’t do it. I think she was asked to do the dance on the show. She said, “I don’t do it.”

Later, we stood chatting to Whigfield, and this is where her second act of rebellion took place. Off camera, there was me, Trev, Emma Forbes and Whigfield. Emma asked Whigfield what it felt like to be Number One. And Whigfield said; “It feels like shit.”

Dee Dee Na Na Na!


The Truth About Those Sexy Leather Coats.

March 11, 2009
Simon Wesley Sting Trev

Simon Wesley Sting Trev

What were we thinking? Well I can tell you pretty much exactly because it wasn’t as long ago as it should be. At the time “Rocky” – the “Hong Kong tailor to the stars” -had just made us some suits for one of our live shows. We thought it would be a great idea to get him to make us leather coats. Simon who had recently seen Blade as I remember was thinking “I’ll look like Wesley Snipes!”. I on the other hand was thinking “I’ll look like Sting in Quadrophenia” (or the other fella who runs the scrapyard) but of course everyone else was thinking…Boyzone!

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That sexy leather coat in full

March 10, 2009

In Trev and Simon Podcast No.2, which you can find here, we talk about fashion mistakes. One of them being when the two of us had made-to-measure leather coats. But made to measure what? Here I am in mine, looking like a kindly nazi. Oh, and some other ones too. Reading from left to right; me, Dr.Who, a sexy lady. I wish I could say I had to trawl the web, but it’s amazing what you can pick up at Amazon these days.

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Look! I’ve put Leather and Sexy as tags on this post in a desperate attempt to get more people to come and look. Will they be disappointed? I don’t know, but it has given me the urge to poll.


Polar Bear Cake

March 10, 2009

In our second podcast, Trev and Simon Podcast No.2, found here, Trev brought along a coco(a)nut cake. Knowing full well that I do not like coconut! Ok, I’m fussy, but I quickly manufactured an alternative excuse for not eating the muck- think of the poor pig-tailed macaques forced into hard labour collecting the cocoanuts. You don’t believe me? Witness with your own eyes (or anyone’s for that matter) here! Oops! Sorry! I meant here! No, sorry. Here. But I bet you were entertained along the way.

I thought the cake looked like a polar bear, but I was wrong. It looks more like a sun fish. Here’s all three.

Polar bear

Polar bear

Sun fish

Sun fish

Coconut cake

Coconut cake


Trev and Simon Podcast No.2 is here

March 7, 2009

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We did our second podcast on Thursday, officially called Trev and Simon Podcast No.2. Why’s it taken so long to arrive here I hear you ask (except I don’t)? Well, I forgot what I was doing and had to have a conference call with Andrea our producer, and then we started talking about capybaru’s. You see! It’s not just Trev I can talk rubbish with. So, yes, another hour (actually just under) of two men talking nonsense… last time I compared it to a trip to the pub to listen to two old drunkards. This is more like a stop off on the way to listen to two cider swigging hobos on a park bench… friendly ones though, the type who feed the birds tuppence a bag.

You can listen to/ download it here… Trev and Simon Podcast No.2

Download notes: For PC users, right-click the link above, then select ‘Save Link As’ and download to the selected location on your computer. For Mac users, hold down Ctrl and click the link, then select ‘Save Link As’ and download to the selected location on your computer.

That was a serious bit wasn’t it? We pinched that from some people who do a proper podcast.

Here’s what some of our listeners thought of Podcast No.1:

  • I am very happy that you are doing a podcast… Siobhan
  • I want cake… Elaine
  • I make good cakes… Hannah
  • Great podcast guys… Tom
  • Great podcast… Maisie
  • I loved the podcast!!!!… Zoe
  • I loved it most… Mr Kipling
  • VERY VERY funny… James
  • Enjoyed it very much… rambling… epic… nondescript… butts… shirts… much better… BingoTom
  • Better than mine… Ricky Gervais

Ok, I made that last one up and BingoTom’s I edited a bit, but you get the drift. Oh, and I made the Mr Kipling one up.

Here’s another list, lovingly prepared by producer Andrea, who, in an official capacity, has no choice but to listen to the podcast more than once. This time round we talk about…

  1. Podcast number two
  2. Growing old disgracefully
  3. Andrea looking like Nana Mouskouri
  4. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  5. Trevor wearing tweed now, Simon wearing tweed at university
  6. Underpants
  7. Mistresses (the TV show)
  8. The Chap and Vic Reeves
  9. Simon’s leather Nazi coat and other fascist fashion trends
  10. Simon’s visit to Woodlands, incl. peak flow and a touchy-feely nurse
  11. Renaming strokes
  12. Trev brings coconut cake which looks like a polar bear, Simon refuses to eat it
  13. Pig-tailed macaques (and their role in the coconut trade)
  14. Trevor’s family bike ride
  15. The Brits
  16. Old people wearing young people’s fashion
  17. Andrea’s new band The Hummingbirds
  18. Questions and comments from our listeners
  19. Genesis, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins
  20. Glutinous rice
  21. What are the origins of Trev and Simon’s nicknames, ‘Minty’ and ‘Sticky’?
  22. Celebrity ham
  23. Tampons
  24. An update on the Trev And Simon website, blog and Facebook page

That’s 24 things!

As usual (usual? It’s only the second one) it’s all there in its unedited glory. We don’t plan much and we don’t know what we’re going to say but we enjoy ourselves and we hope you enjoy listening to it. Oh, and as usual, this podcast is unsuitable for children… and adults.

Oh, and big apologies to that most excellent Chap, Michael “Atters” Attree for calling him Michael “Atters” Atterby! What was I thinking?

Oh, and for those of you keen to find it on iTunes, it should hopefully find its way there within a couple of days. We’ll keep you posted with a post when they post it.

Oh… that’s it.